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Is Your Company Violating the National Labor Relations Act by Forbidding Employees to Compare Pay?

Does your company have a policy that forbids employees to disclose their wages to each other? If so, please get help understanding the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Section 7 of the Act gives all employees, not … Continue reading

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Have a Policy for Making Exceptions to Your HR Policies!

Today’s post was prompted by a gem from our friend Eric B. Meyer of The Employer Handbook.  His post is here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-let-exceptions-your-work-rules-make-become-exception-eric-meyer   The employer in question (the Delaware River & Bay Authority) appears to have had a reasonable hiring … Continue reading

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Tone at the Top is Vital for Preventing Sexual Harassment!

Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick lost his job following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at the company.   Roger Ailes of Fox News met a similar fate after an internal investigation following high-profile sexual harassment suits filed by … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity – Think about it before you sign a contract!

Cybersecurity has been a serious business concern for several years now.  It doesn’t seem to be getting any better despite a wide range of efforts to combat the bad guys. In fact, according to the Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of … Continue reading

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The Managerial Overtime Exemption, and How to Keep It

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay employees at least minimum wage for every hour (or fraction) worked, and to pay overtime (at time-and-a-half) for all time exceeding 40 hours in a week.   Some states and … Continue reading

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Does Your Employee Handbook Undermine Your Company Culture?

In a tightening market for talent (especially tech talent), your company’s culture is a key differentiator. The CEO of Scentsy, (a company known for being a great place to work) recently said: “The right company culture attracts the right people … Continue reading

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No Harm, No Foul? No Way!

Here’s a risk management tip for employers who aren’t located in California but decide they need to hire people residing in the Golden State.   Many states permit employers to include non-compete clauses in their employment agreements. With rare exception, … Continue reading

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Consultative Consulting Agreements

Congratulations! You have decided to start a consulting business so other business leaders may access the wisdom you have accumulated in your career.   Here’s a tool to help you prepare a tightly-focused Consulting Agreement that won’t slow down your … Continue reading

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Using a Sales Contract that Speeds up Getting to Yes

In our post Top Five Ways CEOs Can Utilize Business Lawyers we suggested:   Write a Sales Contract that Speeds Up Getting to Yes.   Do you have a sales contract that you copied off the Internet, or a 20 page … Continue reading

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What is keeping software company CEOs awake? Part 3

We at InnovaCounsel recently asked several software company execs this question: “What are the big issues that are costing you sleep these nights?”   In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we addressed these issues:   “Use of [independent] … Continue reading

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